Find out how writers think
An interview with John K. Samson
Clarise Foster: The introductory quotes to the book and epigraphs to several of the pieces in this collection are excerpts of poems: Alden Nolen, Patrick Friesen, W.H. Auden, Catherine Hunter. Clearly poetry has a substantial impact on your song writing — when did you become interested in poetry and how does it shape your creative process?
John K. Samson: Sure, I became interested in poetry at the ...
An interview with Méira Cook
Clarise Foster: A Walker in the City, your fourth collection of poetry, takes the reader on a wild jaunt in the company of some rather intriguing characters — a young walker/poet, Em, a crusty old poet, Kulperstein, the alter ego/creation of a deceased poet, Felix Kaye, and there is the poet narrator. I know this might seem an odd question to start, but how did you come up with names for your ...
An Interview with Jeanette Lynes
Clarise Foster: I understand you have a new book about to be released. What is the title? When will it be released? Where does this new work go that your previous work has not?
Jeanette Lynes: My new poetry book, Archive of the Undressed, will be released by Wolsak and Wynn this fall, 2012. This collection explores spectacles of embodiment — the body as spectacle within popular culture. Specifically, ...
An Interview with John Steffler
Sharon Caseburg: You noted in a 2010 interview with Open Book: Toronto that “wilderness or the uncontrollable and the unexpected are central subjects” in your collection Lookout. What is it about the uncontrollable that is desirable to write about? What do we learn about ourselves in exploring these wilder sides in literature?
John Steffler: I think that a thing that defines the human is our species’ ...
Jan Horner and Maureen Scott Harris In Conversation
Jan Horner: Let’s start by saying how long we’ve been talking about poetry, and how and when we met.
Maureen Scott Harris: I think we met in 1994, at the League’s AGM in Winnipeg — so we’ve been talking for close to twenty years. That was my first AGM. Rhea Tregebov had told me I should meet you, that you were lovely and we had lots in common — both librarians, both poets, both influenced by the poetry ...
A Walking Interview with bill bissett
Most interviews are staid conversations in stable environments where the Q and A makes a metronome monotony that goes against everything bill bissett’s poetry stands for. So while riding the SkyTrain from East Vancouver to English Bay, I was trying to come up with ways to add fresh dynamics to the interview situation. I needn’t have bothered. Bill’s natural M.O. is as in MOvement and meeting up with him ...
An Interview with Jennifer Still
Clarise Foster: Your new book, Girlwood, is quite stunning; Brick Books makes beautiful books, both inside and out. Congratulations. Talking with you in this issue marks an anniversary of sorts for me and for CV2. Back in 2001, I was in the midst of putting together the first issue of the magazine after it almost went under. It was called “Why Poetry,” and it featured interviews with and writing by ...
An Interview with Rachel Zolf
Clarise Foster: My first question is a long one I am afraid, but I am going to put it forward anyway. It strikes me that your newest collection, Neighbour Procedure (published by Coach House Books) is an important destination for you. Your first book, Her absence, this wanderer, has a distinctly personal feel to it. It feels like a journey in search of heritage and inheritance, one which also seems to ...
An Interview with Jonathan Ball
Colin Smith: Jonathan, you preface your book-length poem Ex Machina with a quote from the Victorian satiric novel Erewhon by Samuel Butler: “Man’s very soul is due to the machines, it is a machine-made thing: he thinks as he thinks, and feels as he feels, through the work that machines have wrought upon him, and their existence is quite as much a sine qua non for his, as his for theirs.”
Given that ...
Blood is Blood: The Making of a Two-Voice Poem
Endre Farkas: We both had a desire to create, contribute to and engage our community — the writing community not the familial/cultural/religious one. Our earliest collaborations involved moving poetry off the page. In 2004, for National Poetry Month, we put the poems of twenty Quebec poets on 1,600 Montreal buses. It was wonderful to see poetry crisscrossing the city. We even had a poem-spotting contest ...